Spicy Chicken Adobo

Adobo—meat braised until tender in vinegar and soy sauce with lots of garlic—is the national dish of the Philippines. Itʼs a cinch to make and very flavorful. You could make this dish with pork or beef as well.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 2 lbs. chicken wings and thighs
  • 1⁄2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1⁄2 cups white vinegar
  • 4 Thai bird’s eye chilies
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 4 cups cooked white rice, warm


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven or pot.
  • Bring ingredients to boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from pot and place in a baking dish. Turn the oven to broil.
  • Turn burner to medium-high heat and reduce braising liquid so that it thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaves.
  • Broil chicken until it begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to pot and let cook in thickened sauce for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve adobo with rice and a generous drizzle of sauce.